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Bruce Springsteen's 18th album is titled High Hopes.

Read Uneven But Vital, Bruce Springsteen Has 'High Hopes'

January 14, 2014 – His 18th album is a mixed-bag assortment of covers and originals brimming with undimmed eagerness.


With new songs and covers, La La Brooks' All or Nothing isn't just an attempted career comeback.

Read A Former Girl-Group Singer Goes 'All Or Nothing'

December 16, 2013 – With new songs and covers, La La Brooks' All or Nothing isn't just an attempted career comeback.


Live at the Cellar Door, the new album from Neil Young, was recorded in 1970.

Read When Donny Hathaway, Thelonious Monk And Neil Young Hit A Turning Point

December 13, 2013 – Three distinct live recordings from around 1970 each capture an artist whose career was changing.


The Beach Boys in 1964. Top row: Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson. Bottom row: Mike Love, Al Jardine, Brian Wilson.

Read A Nostalgic — But Bumpy — Journey With The Beach Boys

December 10, 2013 – Made in California presents the rise and slow fade of a once-great force in American music.


Kelly Clarkson's new holiday album is titled Wrapped in Red.

Watch Two Sides Of Holiday Cheer From Kelly Clarkson, Nick Lowe

November 15, 2013 – Whether glossy and heartfelt or earnest and playful, these albums can help conjure a holiday mood.



Watch On 'Days Are Gone,' Three Sisters HAIM It Up

October 2, 2013 – Can the highly publicized band turn its hype into hits? Ken Tucker wants to join the fan club.


The Shangri-Las on the cover of the "Leader of the Pack" single.

Watch Bumpy, Bikers And The Story Behind 'Leader Of The Pack'

September 26, 2013 – A new compilation collects Shadow Morton's hits for The Shangri-Las, Iron Butterfly and Janis Ian.


Lucy Schwartz.

Watch Lucy Schwartz Is In Love With Her Own Voice, And That's OK

September 24, 2013 – On her new album Timekeeper, the singer-songwriter often sounds like a throwback to another era.


Superchunk's new album is titled I Hate Music.

Read On Its New Album, Superchunk Makes The Downtrodden Sound Upbeat

September 5, 2013 – The long-running rock band's new album, I Hate Music, mines loss and grief with ferocious guitars.


Sigur Ros' new album is titled Kveikur.

Watch Sigur Ros Navigates Unknown Terrain On 'Kveikur'

June 24, 2013 – With Kveikur, the band's majestic vistas and naturescapes acquire a distinctly harsh edge.


Natalie Maines, former singer for the Dixie Chicks, placed the group at the center of controversy in 2003, when she publicly criticized George W. Bush's decision to invade Iraq.

Read Natalie Maines: A Country-Music Rebel Rocks On Her Own

May 8, 2013 – On her new solo album Mother, the singer-songwriter branches out from her work with Dixie Chicks.


Ceramic Dog is Marc Ribot, Ches Smith and Shahzad Ismaily.

Read Marc Ribot Isn't Trying To Comfort Anyone

April 30, 2013 – Robert Christgau says Ribot's new hard-rock album with Ceramic Dog ranks among his most daring.


Twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin have been writing songs since they were 15 and independently released their first full-length album in 1999. Since then, they've produced seven studio albums.

Watch Tegan And Sara Reach Out To New Audiences

March 11, 2013 – The twin sisters from Canada depart from their indie roots to try their hands at pop.


After a 10-year hiatus, David Bowie has just returned with The Next Day.

Watch David Bowie Awakens To 'The Next Day' Of His Career

March 7, 2013 – Bowie's new album plays like a collection of singles, with each performed in a different style.


Jim James' solo debut is titled Regions of Light and Sound of God.

Watch Jim James: On A Spiritual Quest In The Digital Age

February 13, 2013 – The My Morning Jacket singer seeks authenticity in a world of artifice on his first solo album.


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